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Lot 5

1800 Land Grant Signed by John Adams, John Marshall

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An 1800 land grant signed by President John Adams and his Secretary of State (and soon-to-be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court) John Marshall. The document details 2000 acres granted to Colonel Alexander Spotswood, acreage located in the Ohio River Valley just east of Cincinnati, given in consideration of his military service. The parchment grant is partially printed, partially hand-written; it is hand-signed by the second President of the United States and his Secretary of State to the bottom right, with an embossed presidential seal to the bottom left.

The grant measures 14" x 12 1/2" (mat sight), and is framed with the image of the President and an engraved metal plaque. The glazed frame measures 24" x 28" x 1".

Provenance: From the collection of a notable Kansas City doctor, benefactor, and descendant of Alexander Spotswood. Acquired from Robert Edward Auctions in 2004, with accompanying PSA/ DNA Letter of Authenticity.


PSA described the condition: "The document has some slight natural toning and fold lines (one vertical and two horizontal), as is usually the case with Land Grants from this era, and is otherwise in Excellent condition."